National / International News

Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

NPR News - 1 hour 33 min ago

A group of environmentalists in Vermont aren't at all squeamish about "pee-cycling." A local hay farmer is using their pee as fertilizer as they run tests to find out how safe it is for growing food.

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Israel Allowed To Tap U.S. Munitions Cache For Gaza Offensive

NPR News - 1 hour 39 min ago

The stockpile, located on Israeli soil, was set up in the 1980s as an emergency supply during wartime. The last time the U.S. granted Israel permission to use it was during the 2006 Lebanon war.

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Hat-trick of golds for England gymnasts

BBC - 2 hours 3 min ago
England gymnasts Max Whitlock and Claudia Fragapane win their third gold medals of the Commonwealth Games with individual wins.

Child wins silver in 400m hurdles

BBC - 2 hours 4 min ago
Scotland's Eilidh Child wins silver in 55.02 seconds in the 400m hurdles final at the Commonwealth Games.

Weir powers to Commonwealth gold

BBC - 2 hours 12 min ago
England's David Weir puts in a majestic display to win his first Commonwealth Games title in the men's T54 1500m.

House Cancels Vote On $659 Million Border Security Bill

NPR News - 2 hours 15 min ago

Tea party conservatives objected to sending money to the White House to address the crisis. GOP leaders said another vote was possible yet today.

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Amos beats Rudisha to 800m gold

BBC - 2 hours 41 min ago
Nijel Amos produces a stunning run down the final straight to beat David Rudisha to 800m Commonwealth gold.

Firefighters to strike over eight days

BBC - 2 hours 53 min ago
Firefighters in England and Wales are to stage a new series of strikes over eight days from 9 August in a row over conditions.

Kentucky Buoys Noah's Ark Park With Millions In New Tax Breaks

NPR News - 2 hours 53 min ago

The Christian theme park, featuring a 510-foot-long replica of the ark, is getting $18 million in new incentives from the state's tourism board.

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'Concern' over one in five prisons

BBC - 2 hours 59 min ago
The performance of more than a fifth of prisons in England and Wales is "of concern", a government body says.

Flight Delays In China Leave Travelers Feeling Squeezed

NPR News - 3 hours 22 min ago

Air traffic snarls at some of eastern China's busiest airports have stranded thousands of travelers and highlighted the increasing competition for airspace between military and civilian flights.

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Dinosaurs 'shrank' to become birds

BBC - 3 hours 24 min ago
Huge meat-eating, land-living dinosaurs evolved into birds by constantly shrinking for over 50 million years, new research shows.

Memo reveals response to CIA 'abuse'

BBC - 3 hours 29 min ago
A still-secret Senate report on CIA enhanced interrogations "tells a story of which no American is proud", a leaked White House memo states.

Students and families are borrowing less for college

Families are taking fewer loans and using more of their own money to pay for college than at any point in the last five years. That’s according to a new study from Sallie Mae, the student-loan and financial-services company.

The study, which has been conducted annually for the last seven years, found that while families are still spending just as much on college as they were before, they paid 22 percent of costs through loans in 2014, compared to 27 percent both in 2013 and 2012.

The remaining costs were covered by out-of-pocket spending (42 percent), scholarships and grants (31 percent), and friends and relatives (4 percent).

The study also found:

  • The average family spent $11,012 on two-year, public schools in 2014. For four-year public schools, the figure was $21,072. Spending on four-year private schools was $34,855.
  • Low-income students are borrowing less than the general population.
  • More students are turning to two-year schools to cut costs. Enrollment is at 34 percent this year, compared to 30 percent last year.
  • Common cost-cutting strategies included attending in-state schools (69 percent), spending less on entertainment (66 percent), living closer to home (61 percent), and living at home (54 percent).
  • Only 38 percent of respondents said they had a plan to pay for all college costs before enrolling in college.
  • One-third of families said they were surprised by some expenses, especially textbooks.

Graphic courtesy of Sallie Mae

Man jailed after door banging death

BBC - 3 hours 54 min ago
A hammer-wielding drug addict is jailed after a woman suffered a heart attack and died when she was terrorised in her own home.

Aircraft crashes at Royal Navy event

BBC - 3 hours 56 min ago
Aircraft crashes on to the runway at the Royal Navy Culdrose Air Day.

Greeks cleared of shooting migrants

BBC - 4 hours 2 min ago
The owner and head foreman of a farm in southern Greece are cleared over the shooting and wounding of a group of Bangladeshi migrant workers.

VIDEO: Tory MP: World won't tolerate deaths

BBC - 4 hours 13 min ago
The Israeli bombardment of Gaza "is wrong" and has "no justification in terms of results", a Tory MP has said.

Met Opera in late union talks

BBC - 4 hours 16 min ago
The Metropolitan Opera in New York says it hopes last minute negotiations with unions over a pay dispute will avoid a staff lockout.

Senegal corruption trial 'political'

BBC - 4 hours 16 min ago
The flamboyant son of Senegal's ex-President Abdoulaye Wade calls himself a "political prisoner" during a first appearance at his corruption trial.

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